Hilton Head Journals

Christmas in Hilton Head

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A December 2005 trip to Hilton Head by Lovestogo

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Quote: Our first visit to Hilton Head produced frustrations in navigating the area, but soon those frustrations turned into a deep appreciation for the island's desire to keep their city "natural". Join us as we walk the beaches, explore, sightsee, and eat our way around Hilton Head Island.

Christmas in Hilton Head

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Our first visit to Hilton Head was the week after Christmas. The weather was perfect with daytime temperatures in the upper 50’s and 60’s with a light jacket being too much on some days. However, once the sun disappeared, it quickly turned chilly.We loved walking on the beach and caught an awesome sunset one evening. As the sun swiftly disappeared, the ocean and sand glowed a soft pastel pink with the baby blue colored sky separating the two ever so graciously. We stopped to photograph the great blue heron standing at the water’s edge and the two dolphins swimming close to the shoreline. It was the perfect ending to a perfect day. Hilton Head’s beaches are extremely wide and flat, whi...Read More

Port O' Call

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Hotel | "Port O Call"

Port O' Call Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:The beach was only 1/4 mile away with quick access through a locked gate.Best Things About the Resort:Satellite tv and radio in each bedroom & living room, activities planned each day, heated outdoor pool, rooms were big and spacious and the kitchen had all full size appliances.Resort Experience:Port O Call is just one of many RCI Gold Crown Resorts on Hilton Head Island. Holiday check-in was a breeze; we were given our room package, along with directions, and a “welcome” package with area information. We were provided with an opportunity to choose from several nice local trips for attending a timeshare presentation, but were not hass...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Port O' Call
Shipyard Plantation
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 842-5583

Crazy Crab

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Restaurant

Crazy Crab Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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The Crazy Crab was our favorite place to eat while in Hilton Head.After visiting the Discovery Museum on the north end of the island, we walked across the parking lot for lunch at The Crazy Crab, which had been highly recommended by my dentist, who has a second home on Hilton Head Island. Hungry, we were eagerly anticipating "fresh seafood." The restaurant has a laid-back nautical theme, and its backside is covered with glass windows, which provides an excellent view of the two docked shrimping boats in the marshland. We were lucky enough on both visits to obtain waterfront tables. Since our first visit was mid-afternoon, we were able to select from the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Crazy Crab
149 Lighthouse Rd
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29928
(843) 363-2722

Hudson's Seafood House-Docks

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Restaurant | "Hudson's on the Docks"

Hudson's Seafood House-Docks Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Hudson’s on the Docks is a friendly, down-to-earth restaurant located on the Intercoastal waterway on the north end of Hilton Head Island. This restaurant is located off the main thoroughfare, and one has to travel through "normal communities" to arrive at its location.We arrived before the restaurant’s 5pm opening and walked around the docks, taking photos of the working boats that were pulled up dockside. Scenes from the movie “Forrest Gump” were filmed here, and the Bubba Gump Shrimp boats are the same boats that deliver fresh seafood to Hudson’s patrons. (Bubba’s mother was a local HHI resident who auditioned for the part). We were seated at one of the waterfront tables ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Hudson's Seafood House-Docks
1 Hudson Road
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29925
(843) 681-2772

Prescott's Steaks & Seafood

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Restaurant | "Prescott's Steaks & Seafood"

Prescott's Steaks & Seafood Photo, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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We chose Prescott’s Steaks & Seafood for our final Hilton Head dinner. The ad for Prescott’s in the "Hilton Head Restaurant Guide" sounded wonderful, as they touted an amazing 15-foot soup and salad bar, along with all the low-country favorites: shrimp, oysters, scallops, fish, devil crab, mussels, crawfish, peel & eat shrimp, chicken, ribs, veggie... you get the idea... lots of food! While the advertised price was a little steep at $23, the buffet sounded nice since you had a variety of items to select from and wouldn’t be stuck with choosing just one or two items.We arrived at 5pm, just as the restaurant opened. The restaurant is designed with brick arches inside, and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Prescott's Steaks & Seafood
1034 William Hilton Parkway Highway 278
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926
(843) 842-6800

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge

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Attraction | "Pinckney Wildlife Refuge"

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Who would think a national wildlife refuge could be on the beach?The Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge lies between Skull Creek (the Intercoastal Waterway) and Mackay Creek as you enter onto Hilton Head Island from Highway 278. It's 4,053 acres are used to protect and provide habitat for threatened or endangered species. They are also a nesting habitat for resident and migratory birds. Four islands form the refuge; Corn, Little Harry, Big Harry and Pinckney Island, with only Pinckney Island’s 1200 plus acres being open to the public.Pinckney Island was developed into a working plantation by the Pinckney family starting in 1804, which removed the maritime forest and drained and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Pinckney Island Wildlife Refuge
Lands End Drive
Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926
912-652-4415

Old Town Trolley Tour

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Attraction | "Red Trolley Island Tour"

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The Red Trolley is a good way to sit back and familiarize yourself with area attractions and their locations while enjoying a tour of Hilton Head Island. This tour introduced us to areas we would totally have missed, areas that we went back to and explored more in depth on our own time. This tour is given in an open air trolley, but on this sunny and windy December afternoon the thick, clear, vinyl sheets were pulled down and tied to keep out the cool winds. During the spring and fall months, this tour would be a blast.A two and a half hour tour gives a scenic orientation of the island, making stops at a Gullah cemetery where the driver/guide provides historical information that dates...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 30, 2006

Old Town Trolley Tour
River Street
Hilton Head, South Carolina
1-800-868-7482